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Houston Texans News: December 4, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 4, 2015.

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J.J. Watt, Houston Texans' defense finally living up to promise -
After weeks of disappointment, Houston's defense is finally looking like the juggernaut it was supposed to be. Bucky Brooks explains how J.J. Watt and the Texans got rolling again.

To O'Brien, Texans' road to playoffs runs through Buffalo - Houston Chronicle
Even though backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is 4-0 as a starter in place of the injured Andrew Luck, including a seven-point victory over the Texans, the Steelers are expected to win.

Biggest Roadblocks to Houston Texans Making the Playoffs | Bleacher Report
Houston Texans news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more.

Rookie cornerbacks take center stage for Texans, Bills - Houston Chronicle
Growing up in Maryland, Texans rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson emerged as one of the most coveted recruits in the state because of his athleticism, instincts and knowledge of the game.

Texans WR Cecil Shorts III Q&A on Bill O'Brien, Pierre Garcon | The MMQB with Peter King
The Texans’ creative new approach on offense has included Cecil Shorts III in a Swiss-army knife role: receiver, runner and passer. The veteran receiver on living the dream of throwing a touchdown in the NFL, how Bill O’Brien turned things around in Houston, and the history of one of the coolest names in the NFL.

Texans-Bills Preview - Yahoo Sports
Houston's defense has it on a winning streak that's kept it in a tie atop the AFC South. Buffalo's is hindering it in its chase for a wild-card spot. The Texans will try for a fifth straight win Sunday in a visit to the Bills, whose defensive-minded coach is experiencing a season unlike any in his time in the NFL.

Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins, Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins remain tight -
HOUSTON -- The friendship between Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and burgeoning Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins rivals their ironclad grip on the football.

Around the League

This is how the Lions handed the Packers a game-winning Hail Mary -
The Lions failed in every way on the last play of the game, and the Packers had the easiest 61-yard Hail Mary you'll see.

Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary touchdown gives Packers last-second win over the Lions -

The Lions did their best Browns imitation on Thursday night -
A last-second, walk-off Hail Mary gave the Packers a big win and prevented the upset. So how did the Lions blow a 20-0 nothing to let that happen?

Chip Kelly, Jeff Fisher and the other NFL coaches who screwed up and should probably be fired -
The Onside Kick Family Hour is back and we're putting coaches on the hot seat ... where they belong!

What the heck is a catch in the NFL, anyway? An explainer -
The NFL can't ever seem to decide what a catch is and isn't. So how are we as fans supposed to know, anyway? Here's an explainer to help explain the rule book once and for all.

Rob Gronkowski has a point about refs targeting him unfairly -
The Patriots tight end has more OPI calls than 30 NFL teams, and Gronk thinks the officials aren't giving him a fair shake. He might be right.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3, 2015 - The Crawfish Boxes
Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros news for Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets head to Dallas to take on a surging Mavericks squad.

Texas vs. Baylor: LB Malik Jefferson, S Dylan Haines ruled out - Burnt Orange Nation

Is Texas Tech Basketball Turning the Corner? - Viva The Matadors
The first six games have given the team something great to build on in December. Let's see what we know about this team so far.

TCU Jumps To No. 11 in College Football Playoff Poll - Frogs O' War
The Frogs moved up eight spots in the latest poll.

Baylor vs. Texas ROLL CALL | How to Watch | TV Listings | Radio | Watch Parties - Our Daily Bears
Where will you be watching the game on Saturday?

Texas A&M does not want the Texas Bowl. Where will they play? - Good Bull Hunting
Where are the Aggies going to play their bowl game? Is Nashville the favorite?

Texas Pregamer: Baylor - Barking Carnival
It’s Bowl Week Baby! The Longhorns are playing in the "NewMoney/Jesus,ButOnlyWhenItsConvenient" Bowl in Waco!

How They Got Here: Houston Cougars' Road to the AAC Championship Game - Underdog Dynasty
The Houston administration made a decision to compete at a national level. Their dare has paid off quicker than anyone could have imagined.

The Bull And Its Horns: Toros Name Wilmer Cabrera Their First Head Coach - Dynamo Theory
RGVFC hires former Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera to be the club's first manager.

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